Geneva : Live music
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Geneva is not exactly heart of the European music industry, and even Suisse-Romande bands prefer Lausanne, but there are a few venues around town for live music. Friday and Saturday nights are when the bars and clubs lining Rue Vautier in Carouge come into their own. There’s a festival of rock, jazz and folk in July & August at Parc La Grange in Eaux-Vives, but if you’re around in the summer you should aim for the big Paleo festival at Nyon just around the lake.

Le Chat Noir, 13 Rue Vautier, Carouge. Bar and cellar venue dedicated to live performance, with two or three concerts a week, everything from chansons to drum’n’bass, acid jazz and acoustic blues. Mon–Thurs 6pm–4am, Fri 6pm–5am, Sat & Sun 9pm–5am (www.chatnoir.ch)

Forumeyrin, 1 Place des Cinq-Continents, Meyrin. Main arena venue for Geneva, on the border near the airport, hosting anyone and anything (www.forum-meyrin.ch).

Les Halles de l’Île, Place de l’Île. River-view restaurant with jazz that won’t upset the purists. Live music Fri & Sat 8.30pm.

Sud des Alpes, 10 Rue des Alpes. Jazz-buffs’ mecca, with live music that sometimes pushes the boat out a fraction. Generally Thurs–Sat at 9.30pm.

L’Usine, Place des Volontaires (022/328 08 18). Alternative arts squat venue, featuring live bands at the Salle PTR (“Post Tenebras Rock”), experimental dance and drama at the Théâtre de l’Usine and non-commercial movies at the Cinéma Spoutnik.

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